A young, bright, bubbly and sassy collectables expert Tracy specialises in today’s current market but is also extremely knowledgeable about the collectables and antiques industry as a whole. An author, auction valuer, journalist and speaker, Tracy has many interests within the collectables arena and is particularly fascinated by the progression of decorative arts and women’s fashion.
Tracy is very different to the stereotypical grey suited antiques experts normally associated with this industry. Trendy and fashion conscious, her enthusiasm is infectious and she is passionate about encouraging across the generations to love antiques and collectables as much as she does. Quoted regularly in magazines such as Grazia Tracy is the person the industry turn to when they need a collectables expert.
Tracy’s vast knowledge extends to many antique and collectable subjects, including 20th/21st Century vintage fashion, shoes, handbags, ceramics, glass and toys. She knows instinctively what to buy now as a collectable of the future as well as identifying new trends, and advising on which of those 20th Century treasures are now highly prized. She has so much to say on 20th-21st century collectables and she delivers the information in a way that really hooks the viewer, listener and reader.
She has appeared on numerous television programmes an on-screen expert for BBC Flog it! The Paul O Grady Show, Chanel 4.s Sunday Brunch, The One Show, Market Kitchen, BBC Breakfast and has been the resident Antiques and Collectables Expert on ITV’s This Morning for the past 18 months.
Author of ‘The Greatest Collecting Tips in the World,’ and ‘Christmas Collectables’ (the first ever UK book dedicated to collecting Christmas memorabilia) Tracy’s most recent book is ‘Collectable Names in Women’s Fashion, Past and Present.’ Her latest book ‘The Little Black Dress’ is due for release in September 2012
Tracy is also in much demand as a passionate, enthusiastic and humorous speaker, and she loves nothing sharing her knowledge and experiences which include the astonishing items people find at car boots sales, items we should have kept but like most people have thrown away and the astonishing prices the most unlikely items can realise at auction.
The social history behind collectables fascinates Tracy and she loves to know how they evolved, how they impacted on society and why now they are now an important part of our everyday lives.
"After many years than I care to remember working in the world of fine art, antiques and collectables I have found myself in regular contact with all manner of fellow valuers and experts. Consequently I think it’s fair to say that I have developed an instinct for recognising them as know from them as would have you believe they know’ and so can confirm that Tracy Martin is in a league to be taken seriously. With her finger well and truly pressed upon the pulse of a rapidly moving market. Tracy has a rare gift for being able to use her vast knowledge whilst maintaining a real passion for her subject."
Eric Knowles, Antiques Roadshow Expert.
"Tracy is not only extremely knowledgeable in all things collectable but is also a passionate collector herself."
"Thank you so much for coming to our annual Shelley Weekend Meeting at Peterborough as our guest after dinner speaker. In the past we have enjoyed a number of speakers who are personalities from the antiques world - auctioneers and TV antiques experts, all male. You brought a change of dimension and a fresh approach to antiques which were thoroughly enjoyed by our members. Your enthusiasm is infectious and your feminine slant and love of style and fashion found accord with our collectors, who revere the style and flair exhibited by many of the Shelley pieces, particularly from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods.You entertained and amused us with personal anecdotes from your literary and antiques expert career, also educating us a little along the way. What more could we ask of an after dinner speaker for a ceramics collecting society? Many thanks from us all."
Gerry Pearce, Chairman
Her TV and Radio appearances include:
ITV This Morning
The Paul O Grady Show
The One Show
UK Style - Gutted
BBC 20th Century Roadshow
Lesley Joseph Show on LBC
BBC Flog it!
The Greatest Collecting Tips in the World
Collectable Names and Designs in Fashion
Collectable Names and Design in Shoes
Collectable Names and Designs in Handbags
This talk is concerned with all those items once considered as every day objects, that have been discarded and that now have a following with collectors. They are pieces that would adorn every home or at least most of them and are now considered highly collectable – so worth a few pounds. Tracy will awaken all those nostalgic memories of things you used to take for granted, which are now worth money and make you wish that you had held onto them.
From Bootsale Princess to Collectables Queen
This is talk about Tracy! How she contracted Collectavitus at an early age and has successfully turned her hobby into a career. A talk which discusses Tracy’s rise in the antiques and collectables industry it focuses on her television and radio work, as well as being author, journalist and life as a consultant in an auction house.
Made in Britain Glass
This talk discusses the modern British Studio Glass manufacturing. A patron for British Made products Tracy will talk in depth on techniques, designers and their creations of a selected few of the country’s leading glass making studios. Also, advising what to buy now as a possible investment for the future.
Made in Britain Ceramics
This talk discusses the modern British potter industry. A patron for British made products Tracy discusses how smaller ceramic companies are working hard to keep the industry in the UK. Focussing on her favourite designers she will discuss techniques, designs and collectability of our contemporary British potters.
Author of ‘Christmas Collectables’ Tracy discusses the social history and collectability of everything Festive. Whether it’s the baubles and figural tree lights you used as a child or special ornaments and crockery created to celebrate the festive season, Christmas collectables appeal to many types of collectors, as well as those who recall their own Christmas celebrations with nostalgia. Little realising just how valuable and desirable some of their own festive goods have become.
Collectable Names and Designs in Women’s Shoes
Author of ‘Collectable Names and Designs in Women’s Shoes’ Tracy will discuss the social history of footwear, the designs and how today’s shoes are not only practical but also an art form. From the Roman Caliga to Vivienne Westwood Pirate boots, every shoe tells a story.
Collectable Names and Designs in Women’s Fashion
Author of ‘Collectable Names and Designs in Women’s Fashion’ Tracy will discuss the social history of fashion, the life and times of iconic designers as well as focussing on the collectability of iconic dresses that have impacted on the 20th/21st Century.
Collectable Names and Designs in Women’s Handbags
This talk discusses the social history, designs and designers behind handbags. From Victorian through to present day every handbag tells a story. Tracy will look at ground breaking designs that have already become collectable as well as those that should be considered for future investment.
A talk on the auction world, from how to bid, view and sell. The pitfalls and advantages to auction houses and all the wonderful things Tracy has sold for her clients. Exciting and amusing stories on treasured finds and what price they made!
Tracy is a bootsale queen, up early every weekend to hunt out treasures. In this talk she discusses what people should be looking for, amusing stories on items found and how to sort the wheat from the chaff in order to bag a bootsale bargain.
The Arts and Crafts Movement
Focusing on a handful of iconic designers from the Arts and Crafts movement hat emerged in the late Victorian era. Tracy talks about the life and designs of founding member William Morris, as well as Charles Ashbee, Archibald Knox, Comfort Tiffany, The Robert Bros and William de Morgan. It explains how the movement emerged, its goals and how the movement has impacted on today’s society.